On May 30, 1948, a flood destroyed Vanport, Oregon. What really makes the story more than a historical footnote is how it tied in to the racial makeup of both Portland and Oregon at the time.
President Harry Truman, left, listens as Gen. Philip Fleming, Federal Works Administrator, explains damage caused by the sudden flood at Vanport, Oregon. The president visited the area during his inspection of the Columbia River flood damage. --- Image by © CORBIS